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Worked as a crew leader of dockside sampling, conducting confidential captain interviews and collecting biological samples from Tanner crab, P. cod and black rockfish.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game


January - March 2006

Kodiak, Alaska


May - November 2005

Dutch Harbor & Unalaska, Alaska

Worked as a field biologist, sampling halibut offloads and collecting fishing logs.

Assisted in resighting banded chucao tapaculos.

Estación Biológica Senda Darwin. Ruta 5 al Cruce el Quilar. Isla Grande de Chiloe, Chile, South America.

Volunteered as a field assistant to resight banded chucao tapaculos, Scelorchilus rubecula, an endemic species of birds, in forest patches on the Island of Chiloe. The work was conducted out of Estación Biológica Senda Darwin (Biological Station "Darwin's Trail") by Mary Willson with a total of 3 assistants and a play-back system with a male call recording.


Senda Darwin


Estación Biológica Senda Darwin



21 October - 24 November 2004

Chile, S. America

Santiago, Pucon, Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Isla Grande de Chiloe (Ancud, Caulin, Cocoa, Parque National Chiloe), Puerto Montt, Argentina (Bariloche, Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi), Entre Lagos, Parque Nacional Puyehue, Valdivia, Chillan


August 2001 - December 2005

Juneau, Alaska


Southeast: Juneau, Sitka, Gustavus, Haines

Southwest: Kenai Peninsula (Homer & Seward), Prince William Sound, Valdez

West: Bethel, Quinohak

Interior: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali National Park

Master's degree in Fisheries at the Juneau Center, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Thesis: Prey selectivity and diet overlap in juvenile pink, chum and sockeye salmon in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound, Alaska

Committee: Dr. Lewis Haldorson, Dr. Gordon Kruse, Dr. Nicola Hillgruber

Worked as a fisheries/aquatic ecologist technician. Monitored water quality, fish abundance and composition in the Illinois River and its floodplain.  Sampled using electrofishing, seining, trawling and fyke-, hoop- and gill-netting. Learned to identify freshwater juvenile and adult fish of the Illinois River.


Summer 2001

Havana, Illinois

January - April 2001


Anchorage, Acutan, Dutch Harbor/Unalaska,

Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska

Worked as a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) North Pacific Fisheries Observer under a contract with Saltwater, Inc. Worked independently on commercial fishing boats in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska, gathering fishing effort and catch information. Identified fish and crab species of the North Pacific, sampled for species composition, collected biological data, monitored for fisheries regulations compliance and transmitted catch massages to the NMFS Observer Program. Seventy three deployment days on 97 to 161-foot trawler and longliners fishing for walleye Pollock, Pacific cod and IFQ sablefish.

The Nyanza Project: Undergraduate Training in Tropical Lakes.


Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute.  Kigoma, Tanzania, East Africa. 

Adviser: Dr. Pierre-Denis Plisnier.  Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium.


Interdisciplinary training course in tropical lake studies and research methods with a research component. My project: Vertical distribution and light effect on zooplankton density in relation to economically important pelagic fish of Lake Tanganyika, East Africa.


Summer 2000

Tanzania, East Africa


Dar es Salaam, Kigoma, Mwanza, Arusha, Zanzibar, Gombe National Park, Ngorongoro Crater


Brief visit in Summer 2000

Amsterdam, Holland

A couple of days in Amsterdam en route to Tanzania, based out of a hostel in the red-light district.

"The largest college trip in history".  The trip was sponsored by Birthright Israel and Hillel. Forty students from my university went on a 10-day guided tour from January 2 to January 13, 2000.  Altogether, approximately 3000+ students went on this trip from various colleges and universities during this winter break!  We visited Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, went on a jeep ride to Golan Heights, visited the northern-most kibbutz in Israel, right on the border with Syria and Lebanon, floated in the Dead Sea and climbed Masada.


January 2 - 13, 2000


Summer 1999


Islands: Molokai, Kauai, The Big Island, Oahu

Participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Spent two months on campus of the UH, Manoa, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii studying the impact of the introduction of mangrove trees on local flora and fauna under Dr. Craig R. Smith (Department of Oceanography).  It was an awesome experience.  Staying there for two months, I was not only able to conduct my project, but also do a lot of traveling  throughout the Island of Oahu as well as other islands.

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